Forums · General English Grammar & Vocabulary, Listening & Speaking · General English Grammar Questions
Guest:the proper spelling of thank yous (plural)
Raul:Remember that the expresion comes from a verbal form, so the noun has to be hyphenated.
So, one "thank-you" or several "thank-you's" (because of the compound form).
So, one "thank-you" or several "thank-you's" (because of the compound form).”
Thanks for answering this one. Actually, I misunderstood the question. Anyway, I checked the dictionary to satisfy my curiosity.
thank-you - Merriam-Webster Unabridged
Main Entry: thank-you
Inflected Form(s): -s
Etymology: from the phrase thank you
: a polite expression of one's gratitude as by saying "thank you"
Apparently, the Yankee spelling is thank-yous. So, a million thank-yous to the organizers of English Forums for my chance to say hello to you in this post.
From the Gregg Reference Manual:
When words taken from other parts of speech are used as nouns, they are usually pluralized by the addition of s or es.
Ifs, ands, or buts
Dos and don’ts
Yeses and nos
Ins and outs
Ups and downs
Yeas and nays
Pros and cons
Whys and wherefores
Haves and havenots
If the pluralized form is unfamiliar or likely to be misread, use and apostrophe plus s to form the plural.
Which’s and wherefores
Or’s and nor’s
The Elements of Grammar, however, notes that nouns ending in vowel sounds could have an apostrophe added, as can plural reference to letters
A’s and b’s
Dot your I’s and cross your t’s
Do’s and don’ts
Oh’s and ah’s
Thank you, to me, ends in a vowel sound, so I vote for adding the apostrophe.
Let us, however, eschew the addition of an apostrophe with numbers and dates.
Lucky 7s or sevens
Thank you’s to all.
Anonymous:But how do you spell 'Thanks'? I have just read it on a Thank-you card spelt 'Thank's' (with the apostrophe). Is this correct?
Not even remotely correct, Anon! No apostrophe is required.
All the best,
Anonymous:Hi..i was quite intrigued by the discussion going on about the use of the phrase "thank you"....anyhow, my question to all of you is that my sister-in-law is a Psychiatrist and I always hear her say "thanks so much" for everything she wants to express her gratitude for....As I am rabidly obsessed with perfecting my own & others' english as well.....So, I was wondering that the use of the word "much" with a plural like "thanks" in this case; is incorrect because "much" is an adjective of quantity.... and can not be used in conjunction with a plural "thanks"....So, now to end the debate...Is this phrase correct or not? You can not imagine how much thought I have been giving to it so all answers would be much appreciated
People are waiting to help.
Live chatRegistered users can join here
Related forum topics:
Strange plurals?Thank you letterPlural or singular?Plural spelling?Does STATUS have a plural spelling?Plurals!!?Plurals without -s?Plurals of abbreviations - 1990's or 1990s?Spelling rules?SPELLING?? about plurals?The plural or the plurals?'is' or 'was'?thank you?Spelling of Plural noun /vs/ the...Correcting grammar and spelling?Plural Surname?Possessive plurals?Singular or Plural?Some help with plurals?Plurals with Police?